Barnett Aden Gallery 75th Anniversary: A Conversation with David C. Driskell
October marked the 75th anniversary of the historic Barnett Aden Gallery. Founded by Alonzo Aden and James V. Herring of Howard University and located at 127 Randolph Place NW, it was the first privately-owned black gallery in the United States. The gallery featured the works of artists such as Alma Thomas, Elizabeth Catlett, Lois Mailou Jones and Aaron Douglas.
On the evening of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, artist, scholar and curator David C. Driskell — one of the world's leading authorities on the subject of African American art and former staff member, exhibitor, and leader of the gallery — joined art historian Melanee Harvey of Howard University at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library for a commemorative conversation. Special Collections' Maya Thompson introduced Driskell and Harvey, who then discussed the gallery's history and legacy with about 50 engaged participants.
This program was presented in conjunction with the People's University seminar series, which will continue into the new year. Look for People's University programming updates here on DC Public Library's website and in Special Collections' newsletter, The Intelligencer. Registration will be available through our Eventbrite page.